July 4, 2011

Mission Relocation

At the moment, I shall call it "Mission Relocation" because it involves moving dogs from one place to another for them to seek refuge. Akin to what we did for the tapioca pack a few years ago. This time, the farm has a new management and has plans to develop a large part of their premise and they want the dogs out. Period. We've had talks with them, spoke with the workers, consulted supporters, considered various options... and pretty much arrived at one viable option that partly addresses it: relocate the dogs. To save as many as we can.

So Mission Relocation includes all efforts and costs that go toward:

  • Construction of a partition dividing an existing enclosure into two, and kennels in one of the sub-enclosures: >$2,000

  • Monthly boarding fees: >$100 per dog per month

  • Dog catching fees (of the ever skittish mummy dogs): To be advised

  • Transport fees (hopefully we can minimise these with our own transport): To be advised

We are given only one month and we got to start somewhere and do things quickly. In Singapore, it is difficult to prosecute anyone who terminates the lives of stray animals without concrete evidence against the criminal or perpetrator. The fact of straywork is, dog poisoning conducted by various means is a REALITY in Singapore. And those who've done it have gone scot-free. I want to avoid this and move the dogs, even just a few of them, to somewhere safe.

The first steps to getting this work include building the enclosure (quotation given by 1st contractor already, now waiting for 2nd contractor to survey area) and moving 3 of the mangey looking ones to the shelter. The management has expressed that these outwardly sickly looking dogs affect business image.

If you're interested to pitch into Mission Relocation, contact projectjkteam@yahoo.com.sg. More could be discussed and answered. Receipts will be provided. We need the funds, the transport, the connections and the support. Thank you.

Saving the dogs in these pictures. Photos taken over the years of the packs.

Patchy boy (left) whom we have sterilised in recent months and one of initial pups we sterilised (right)

A cosy nook for the dogs. Behind the office of one of the farm workers. Unfortunately, this compound is marked for commercial development.

Dogs surrounding the enclosure we built a few years ago to minimise the dogs' movement. Black mummy dog (large circle) has given birth to many batches of puppies. Hachi-looking brown mummy dog (small circle) is hard to catch as well, and has given birth to generations.

Momo when she was young. Recently sterilised and had a chicken beak stuck in her teeth while she was gobbling chicken heads as treats. The chicken beak actually got stuck in her teeth for a few days and finally dropped off.

Circle: Longlong (gone missing/died) and Chocho (now residing at foster home for a few years already). Both caught by AVA and later redeemed at $1,000 or so.

Friendly pack who belonged to the now-defunct farm across the road. One of the first packs we sterilised back in 2006 when they were still small. Black fluffy boy (small red circle) is no longer with us.

Buffalo, old dog in foreground, chaperoning his younger counterparts. Dog with patches (background) died of tick fever a few years ago. He was noticed suffering with trembling limbs when he was still a young dog, after we had him sterilised.

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